Open Doors announced it will temporarily suspend homeless shelter operations on Monday.

The only low-barrier homeless shelter in Harrisonburg, Open Doors has offered overnight shelter and a meal to around 50 individuals experiencing homelessness at James Madison University’s D-Hub dining hall since May.

Founded in Harrisonburg in 2007, the shelter, which does not have a permanent location, previously operated as a “thermal” shelter — only open during the colder months -- rotating from different churches before it temporarily moved to the space of the former Red Front Supermarket in fall 2020 and aimed to be open year-round.

Officials from the shelter -- which has also operated from JMU’s Godwin Hall and Brethren Woods Camp and Retreat Center — said in a press release that they haven't been able to find a new location that would provide a seamless transition for the overnight operations.

At D-Hub, Open Doors has offered an overnight shelter with a hot meal provided in the evening and grab-and-go breakfast items in the morning, said Hannah Bailey, administrative director for Open Doors.

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